Do you have a Google account? Then you'll want to know about a Google practice called "shared endorsements". A previous tip gave a preliminary report on "shared endorsements'' and here is an update.
The recent version (April 14) of the terms of service for a Google account says:
If you have a Google Account, we may display your Profile name, Profile photo, and actions you take on Google or on third-party applications connected to your Google Account (such as +1’s, reviews you write and comments you post) in our Services, including displaying in ads and other commercial contexts.
On another page, Google has this to say:
To ensure that your recommendations reach the people you care about, Google sometimes displays your reviews, recommendations and other relevant activity throughout its products and services. This sometimes includes shopping contexts, like the Google Play music store, and ads. Your profile name and photo may appear with the recommendation.
For example, if you search for “Italian restaurants,” you might see an ad for a nearby restaurant along with your friend’s favorable review. Or, in Google Play, you might see that another friend has +1’d a new song or album.
We call these shared endorsements.
Google also says:
To help your friends and others find cool stuff online, your activity (such as reviews, +1s, follows, shares, etc.) may be used along with your name and photo in commercial or other promotional contexts.
How to opt out of shared endorsements
This is an opt-out feature. If you do nothing, it may apply to you. If you do not want to be in Google ads, you need to go to the setting at this link. Near the bottom of the page is a line "Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads." There is a checkbox on the left. Remove the check.
Unfortunately, you might still find yourself endorsing something at the Google Play Store. According to Google, the setting described above is for commercial ads only. They say:
Changing this setting does not impact how your name and photo might look in a shared endorsement that is not in an ad — for example, when you share a music recommendation that is displayed in the Play Store. You can limit the visibility of activity outside of ads by deleting the activity or changing its visibility settings.
In other words, it seems that any comments or endorsements that you make on products in the Play Store will have to be configured individually to ensure privacy.
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